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Public Speaking Institute

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Too many young people have something to say but do not have the tools to speak in public effectively and with comfort. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in a world that demands confidence, articulation and the ability to clearly communicate ideas. By building superior speaking skills, students will prepare to excel in school, attain their dream jobs, defend their beliefs and values, and become leaders in their schools and communities.


Education Unlimited is the national leader in providing noncompetitive public speaking summer programs for kids and teens. Education Unlimited was founded in 1993 by a group of speech and debate coaches who developed our innovative curriculum. Today, our curriculum directors and on-site faculty and staff include coaches at some of the nation’s premiere high schools and universities and former speech, debate, and mock trial competitors who reached national levels of success.


5 Reasons to Focus on Public Speaking This Summer!

  1. Public speaking is a necessary and indispensable life skill, and most people are called upon to speak in public at some point in their lives.
  2. Public speaking improves research and organization abilities- crucial skills for high school and college success.
  3. Employers rank public speaking as one of the top skills they look for in employees. Students can get a head start on their dream careers by developing skills that will translate in the workforce.
  4. Speech and debate activities involve “active construction of knowledge.” Students have the opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and utilize new information, rather than merely memorizing facts. According to Communication Education, debate can increase critical thinking skills by 44% in one year and high school reading skills by as much as 25% in one year.
  5. Speech helps develop social skills, such as confidence, eye contact, poise, and articulation.

Public Speaking Institute - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Stephen Buettler (Camp Director)

Stephen Buettler — Camp Director

Stephen Buettler is an instructor and public speaking expert with dual degrees in literature and philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In addition to roles as lecturer and...

Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert Loy is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Los Angeles Pierce College.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at CSU Northridge in the areas of public speaking and argumentation.  A director with Education Unlimited since...

Education Unlimited - Michelle Alexander (Instructor)

Michelle Alexander — Instructor

A Canadian who just made the move to LA, Michelle is joining EU this year. She is a professional actor and comedy writer with current roles on network TV shows. She has taught public speaking as well as...

Education Unlimited - Byron Arthur (Instructor)

Byron Arthur — Instructor

Byron Arthur is a practicing attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is particularly well equipped to lead our American Legal Experience program which brings an equal focus to mock trial and to public speaking and critical thinking skills. He is a lead instructor in Public Forum debate at the Harvard Debate Council high school debate...

Education Unlimited - Lisa Hebert, MS (Instructor)

Lisa Hebert, MS — Instructor

Lisa Casente Hebert is a public speaking instructor at Louisiana State University and is very excited to be teaching for Education Unlimited.  She has recently been promoted to senior instructor and has been honored by the Chancellor for her 25 years of university service.  At LSU, she has served as the course director of basic courses where...

Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack, MA (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack, MA — Instructor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica loves the sun, the movies, and the Lakers! Jessica received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. As a graduate...

Education Unlimited - Robert Lebeda, MA (Instructor)

Robert Lebeda, MA — Instructor

Bobby Lebeda just completed his master's degree in communication studies. In terms of public speaking and argumentation he competed in speech and debate in high school for four years. Since then Bobby's been coaching high school speech and debate for 6 years at Chaminade College Preparatory. He coached the past year two years at California...

Education Unlimited - Christopher Lim (Instructor)

Christopher Lim — Instructor

Christopher is a passionate and enthusiastic educator. He is currently a lecturer with the San Jose State University’s (SJSU) College of Business and a public speaking and debate instructor. He is an experienced global executive who has worked with multi-national corporations in the supply chain industry over the past 20 years and now teaches...

Education Unlimited - John-Michael Macdonald (Instructor)

John-Michael Macdonald — Instructor

John Michael MacDonald is a native of Columbia, Maryland and a graduate of St John’s College, the Great Books school.  Philosophy degree in hand, he promptly pursued a career in theater.  After several years as an actor, John-Michael studied at the London International School of Performing Arts and transitioned to directing.


Since 1997,...

Education Unlimited - Jennifer Newman, MTS (Instructor)

Jennifer Newman, MTS — Instructor

Originally from the East Bay area in California, Jennifer Newman now resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is excited to spend her first summer teaching Public Speaking and debate with Education Unlimited! 


Jennifer recently finished a Master of Theological Studies degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While she was studying...

Education Unlimited - Jennifer  Parker, MA (Instructor)

Jennifer Parker, MA — Instructor

Jennifer Parker (M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) teaches Leadership, Business and Professional Communication, and Public Speaking for Creighton University. Jennifer has a strong passion for public speaking and performance, and consults for forensics teams and leadership camps across the country. Previously she taught for and directed the...

Education Unlimited - Nora Sepulveda, MA (Instructor)

Nora Sepulveda, MA — Instructor

A Ventura County native, Nora received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Camps

Public Speaking Institute - Advanced Program

Held at Stanford University, the Advanced Public Speaking Institute is designed for high school students who are already comfortable speaking in public and are prepared to make their voices heard.

Public Speaking Institute - Regular Program

Designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills, our Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through on...